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Uncle Irvin: Setting the record straight at U-CF

04/07/2015 01:11PM ● By Richard Gaw
There is no evidence that the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District teachers make the district "premier" as stated by teachers' union president Scott Broomall.

The overwhelming reason the district is premier is solely due to the demographics of the district and the parental support its students receive.

There seems to be a change in the posture of the U-CF School Board regarding teachers' compensation, including the mandated contribution the board makes to the health plan and particularly the pension plan.

The state-mandated increases in annual contributions to the Pennsylvania teacher pension plan has caused all school districts to cough up 5 percent to 10 percent in annual increases—totaling millions of dollars—and has resulted in rising property taxes.

The U-CF School Board's new stance with regard to humongous increases in teacher compensation is too long coming.

The so-called "premier" U-CF teachers are seeking a contract with about 5 percent increases in compensation for the next three years, not counting these millions of dollars the district is paying into the teachers' pensions. That's a 15 percent raise!

(In the U-CF district even janitors are entitled to a pension.)

The teachers' demands are totally "off the wall" and the school board is right for warning taxpayers of the unconscionable union demands.

All U-CF taxpayers should insist that the school board not agree to anywhere near the 5 percent annual demands.

Taxpayers and public school parents should not be concerned about union teachers working without a contract in the 2015-16 school year.

The teachers cannot strike due to state law that would jeopardize their pay.

Taxpayers in the U-CF district have been "blackmailed" long enough.

Tell the union "no," "nyet" to any increase until the pension problem is fixed by the state legislature and the new governor.